Swedish pitch accents

Swedish is a language with different pitches which decide how to stress a word, similar to but not exactly like Chinese. This is also the case for Norwegian.

The so called akut accent or accent I is the Swedish accent, where the tone goes up slightly on the syllable with the main stress. The rest of the syllables have a lower tone and a weaker stress.

The magical grav accent or accent II is the one that we at sayitinswedish.com usually refer to as the pitch accent or musical accent, because of its uniqueness. Words with this accent are stressed twice, the tone goes up and down at the first stress and then slightly up again on the second stress. All other syllables, if the words has more than two, are weaker. This is what makes it sounds like Swedes sing when they talk.

Swedish accents

Click the word to hear the pronunciation.

anden

the duck

anden

the spirit

tomten

the yard

tomten

father christmas

slutet

the end

slutet

closed

buren

the cage

buren

carried

träna

the trees (colliqual)

träna

to train

tummen

the inch

tummen

the thumb

vaken

the ice hole

vaken

awake

pajas

jester

pajas

get broken

rutten

the route

rutten

rotten

skotten

the shots

skotten

the scottish person

tanken

the (fuel) tank

tanken

the thought

värden

the host

värden

the values

sikten

the view

sikten

the sights

stegen

the steps

stegen

the ladder

knuten

the knot

knuten

tied

inför

for

inför

inserts

leder

leads

leder

the joints

gifter

gets married

gifter

the poisons

fallet

the case

fallet

fallen

brunnen

the well

brunnen

burnt

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